Monday, January 31, 2011

house on it's back . . .

remember our dear friend: the hermit crab?

i have been thinking about him a lot lately. and i think that melissa's friend sarah gave her one as a gift for something crazy. :)

but i have been feeling like mr. hermit crab may be feeling. i am in those moments of figuring out balance. the never-ending feat, i know. there are so so so many people i love and want to spend time with. and then there is time i need to spend with myself. i thought i was doing pretty good and only doing things with people one night a week. but then i get excited to be with people and my rule gets bent and then i forget i need me time. 

anyone have any great ideas on how to keep the balance?? :)
not really expecting answers . . . i feel like it needs to be a discovery. but i'd love to hear your discoveries in this season of your life. 

 love, em

Thursday, January 20, 2011

it's official.

two things were made official tonight.

#1 my mother created a monster. 
i am completely in love with this whole crafting world. tonight, i went to quilter's way in west concord.
it has become a little home away from home. the ladies remembered me from a few weekends ago when ellen and leah and i went and i had a little bit of a heart attack trying to figure out fabrics that i wanted and what i was going to do with them, etc. so, it was a little like coming home when i went back tonight. 

the difference however, was that i knew what i wanted. i set right out to figure out the reds and pale turquoise fabrics i wanted and "needed." and i must say i am thrilled! 

then i headed to the walden italian kitchen. divine. and the guy at the cash register likes to flirt with me. he remembered me from when leah and i went months ago! crazy! tonight i went alone. my arm has been dying lately (it gets really limp and achy and feels like it's full of lead. weird, i know. and yes, i have seen a number of doctors for it. whatever. ) so, i just did date night alone this time. 

this is an official call to all my quilting second mothers: get out here!! you will love this little tradition! and if all we do is go to the quilt store, and eat, and drive around concord, your trip will have been sooo well worth it!

 #2 i love rumi. 
who? what? maybe you already have know rumi, but i had to be introduced to him by a favorite friend, yes, mr. ct himself. 

he red this poem to me last night while i was walking around barnes and nobles looking for matched (i started reading it at porter square books while a kid next to me was reading ender's game. i read about 70 pages and was dying to read the rest!)

anyway, i was listening to ct read a rumi poem to me, and i was moved and loved it, but it was made official tonight as i read it online. wow. i get to teach sunday school this week and the lesson is about John the Baptist. i LOVE getting to teach because it guides my thoughts in incredible places. and the rumi poem hit me even more powerfully because of the thoughts i have been thinking about John and the Savior.

A dragon was pulling a bear into its terrible mouth.

A courageous man went and rescued the bear.
There are such helpers in the world, who rush to save
anyone who cries out. Like Mercy itself,
they run toward the screaming.

And they can't be bought off.
If you were to ask one of those, "Why did you come
so quickly?" he or she would say, "Because I heard
your helplessness."

Where lowland is,
that's where water goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure.

And don't just ask for one mercy.
Let them flood in. Let the sky open under your feet.
Take the cotton out of your ears, the cotton
of consolations, so you can hear the sphere-music.

Push the hair our of your eyes.
Blow the phlegm from your nose,
and from your brain.

Let the wind breeze through.
Leave no residue in yourself from that bilious fever.
Take the cure for impotence,
that your manhood may shoot forth,
and a hundred new beings come of your coming.

Tear the binding from around the foot
of your soul, and let it race around the track
in front of the crowd. Loosen the knot of greed
so tight around your neck. Accept your new good luck.

Give your weakness
to one who helps.

Crying out loud and weeping are great resources.
A nursing mother, all she does
is wait to hear her child.
Just a little beginning whimper,
and she's there.
God created the child, that is, your wanting,
so that it might cry out,
so that milk might come.

Cry out! Don't be stolid and silent
with your pain. Lament! And let the milk
of loving flow into you.

The hard rain and wind
are ways the cloud has
to take care of us.

Be patient.
Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.

Ignore those that make you fearful
and sad, that degrade you
back toward disease and death.

ps because em bohman is really nice, and makes me feel like she likes me thoughts, i'll upload my notes. thanks mrs. alaska for making me feel good about myself!! i hope the moose doesn't hang out at your house too often!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

cute collecting

since i have started this new world of crafting, i have been falling in love with soo soo many beautiful images. my friend has been crafting for much longer than i and has a great treasure trove of blogs. she kindly and lovingly sends me a few blogs.

i have been pursuing the blogs and the links on those blogs and finding beautiful-ness  by and from so many people. because my excitement for my upcoming calligraphy class, and the near dream to have a place of my own, and a desire to be a great photographer, these images seem to be my heart.

and these are photos from my FrEEziNg walking photo class this morning!for $30 a professional photographer took a group of 5 of us around south station in boston. because it was a mere 15 degrees outside, we didn't spend too much time taking pictures, but found an au bon pair next to the children's museum to have the rest of class. feel free not to mock . . . i am such a beginner!

sorry, had to end with some beautiful quilts :)
i told my friend the other day that i am like my students, i don't read unless there are pictures!! so if you are like me and would prefer most blog posts be 80% pictures and 20% words, then this post is for you!